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Education is an important aspect of the environmental influences on autism, and effective education can have a significant effect on outcome for those on the autism spectrum. This Handbook explores the key concepts, debates and research areas in this dynamic field. Contributions from a wide range of countries and cultures are organised into six key sections: Part 1: Learning Needs and Educational Responses; Part 2: Early Intervention, Education in Core Domains and Family Support; Part 3: School-Based and Academic Education: Access and Support; Part 4: Collaborative Working in Education; Part 5: Education for Life and Barriers to Education; Part 6: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress. The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education is a definitive resource for researchers, postgraduate students, reflective practitioners ...

Thinking and Learning
Thinking and learning
Heather MacKenzie
Introduction

Our greatest hopes for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are that they will live and learn comfortably in everyday settings, have a sense of satisfaction and of belonging, and enjoy as much autonomy as possible. To ensure this, we need to help them develop greater independence and self-determination. That is, they need to learn how to make decisions, solve problems, become self-aware, and learn to self-regulate (Clark et al., 2004).

This chapter presents a discussion of the need to focus less on specific behaviours and more on broader cognitive concepts, like executive functions, when teaching children with autism. Executive functions and self-regulation are described in relation to typical development and that of children with ...

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